dines at Enoteca, Barcelona

I'm in Barcelona, it's 20ºC on the terrace, and Femme D'Argent is blasting on my headphones - what's not to love?

Add to that an agenda that includes three 2* Michelin restaurants, and one 3*, and you know my mood is going to be relaxed, expansive, and happy...

First up, the very lovely people at Enoteca.  The kitchen is run by Paco Pérez and focuses on Catalan dishes, reinterpreted in a thoroughly modern style.  The restaurant itself is light and bright and in a great location down by the beach at the Arts Hotel.  The walls are made from shelves of wine, and of course the word Enoteca means wine repository...

We chose the tasting menu, and allowed one of the three sommeliers to guide us towards a suitable Spanish cava (Colet), and wine (As Sortes) - both were excellent.  The kitchen showed some real talent with some delicious and unusual flavour notes, and the front-of-house went out of there way to make our dinner a happy one (having been told by the M.O. concierge that it was our anniversary).  We will definitely return.

Clam broth, corn and coriander, and behind the broth, pig fat
Corn and coriander
Mussel, in Tiger's Milk
'End to Winter' salad
Mussel, pisco sour cocktail, and fish and chips

Golden egg: cocoa butter shell, gold leaf, candyfloss, foie gras
Tuna, sea urchin and egg yolk
Tuna, sea urchin and egg yolk: the reveal
Peas 'Catalan'
Sea cucumber, 'pil-pil', back truffle and lima beans 
Wagyu beef Wellington 
Steamed hake, green beans and potato
Smoked creamy rice, prawn and saffron sauce
White bonbon 
White bonbon: the reveal

Black forest (with the best bitter cherry ice-cream!)

Hotel Arts,
Marina 19–21
08005 Barcelona
Phone: +34 93 4838108